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Fighting (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 24 April 2009 (USA)
In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.

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Christopher Anthony
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Alba Guzmán
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Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager, Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. Written by KGF Vissers

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Some dreams are worth the fight.

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for intense fight sequences, a sex scene and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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24 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dito Montiel Project  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,024,370 (USA) (26 April 2009)

Gross:

$23,036,320 (USA) (7 June 2009)
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The character Zulay Velez grandmother pronounces her name slightly differently than the rest of the cast at the suggestion of writer Kevin Misher. Misher thought it would indicate a closer relationship between Zulay and her grandmother as family/friends often have pet names for each other. See more »

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When Shawn tells Zulay he wants to help her with her rent, strands of her hair move on and off her face between shots. See more »

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Jack Dancing: We're going to sit down, people. And these two gentlemen are going to go toe to toe, blow to blow. Whatever goes on up here, whatever. Whatever you do to each other, whatever. Whatever you say to each other, whatever. In the words of the late, great, American poet, Mr.Marvin Gaye, "Lets!... Get!... It!... On!"
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References War (2007) See more »

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South of the Border
Written and Performed by Paul Hsu
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If you ever fought, you will love it.
12 November 2014 | by (Ukraine) – See all my reviews

One of the best movies about real fighting. Very realistic, with meaningful close-ups and dialogs, great emotions, subtle details, which make this film worth revisiting. For those who never stepped into the ring, "Fighting" may seem superficial but someone who fought will immediately recognize himself in Channing Tatum's character, will recall the fear, the desire to win, the hope for success. Every scene of the film is perfectly played. The supporting characters contribute amazingly to the flow of the movie.The Tatum-Howard team is one of the best fighter-promoter partnerships. Fighting is a nice self-belief story about how a will of steel can raise you from the street to the top of a sky-scraper. Thumbs up!


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